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Mayor says ‘desperate’ council needs £90m over next three years amid government cuts
The people of Liverpool could be asked to vote on whether they should pay up to 10% more council tax to help their “desperate” local authority maintain public services in the face of government cuts.
Joe Anderson, Liverpool’s mayor, wants to…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 8, 2018 at 11:40 — No Comments
95% of councils in England could increase charges in April, while some will cut services
Local authorities in England are teetering on the edge of a financial crisis, with most planning to increase council tax from April while continuing to cut services, a survey has found.…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 8, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments
Nine out of ten authorities will go over budget
Britain’s richest county is facing a £100 million cash crisis as scores of councils struggle to close budget deficits, an investigation has found.
Surrey county council has one of the worst financial shortfalls in the country, according to research seen by The Times. The disclosure came as nearly every part of England warned of tax rises to make ends meet and…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 8, 2018 at 11:10 — No Comments
Councils warn spiralling sell-off of low-cost homes is 'unsustainable' as Labour calls for scheme to be halted
Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 2, 2018 at 11:14 — No Comments
Darren Osborne is found guilty of terrorist killing outside mosque, triggering review of extreme right threat
A man “brainwashed” within a month by anti-Muslim propaganda has been found guilty of a murderous terrorist attack on worshippers leaving a mosque, triggering a complete review of the national security threat posed by the extreme right.
A jury took less than an hour to be convinced that Darren Osborne, 48, drove a van into a crowd of Muslims near a…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 2, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments
Serious cases could affect as many as 80 patients according to ambulance trust source, after MPs warn delays caused 20 deaths
Forty people are thought to have died or been seriously injured as a result of lengthy delays at one ambulance trust which meant patients were left waiting hours for emergency responders, a whistleblower has said.
On Wednesday, Labour MP for Norwich South Clive Lewis told the House of Commons that a…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 20, 2018 at 11:40 — No Comments
The behemoth’s collapse should shatter taboos about borrowing and could herald a new era of public investment
Sometimes a single event can destroy not one dogma but two. So it may prove with the collapse of Carillion, the…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 20, 2018 at 11:17 — No Comments
Former TV presenter has said use of food banks is 'right' and benefit sanctions 'teach' job seekers to look for work seriously.
The former TV…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 10, 2018 at 13:10 — No Comments
More than a million calls to a helpline for the government’s universal credit benefit scheme were abandoned without being answered, new figures have shown.
A Labour MP suggested that many claimants were giving up and going without the means-tested welfare payments because staff were unable to cope with the volume of calls.
Almost one in eight calls to the helpline ended without the caller receiving an answer. Some claimants may have called several…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 10, 2018 at 13:07 — No Comments
Prime Minister accused of 'using spin rather than understanding and solving the problem'
Britain's statistics watchdog is considering an investigation into comments made by Theresa May following complaints that they misrepresented the extent of homelessness.
The UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) confirmed concerns had been raised after the Prime…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 15, 2017 at 11:50 — No Comments
Nurses are among those ending up with nowhere to live after being evicted by private-sector landlords, says watchdog
Homelessness is now a serious risk for working families with stable jobs who cannot find somewhere affordable to live after being evicted by private-sector landlords seeking higher rents, the local government ombudsman has warned.
Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 15, 2017 at 11:47 — No Comments
Nicholas Wrigley quits in recognition of his failure to cap housebuilder’s pay scheme, believed to be most generous ever in UK
Homelessness is now a serious risk for working families with stable jobs who cannot find somewhere affordable to live after being evicted by private-sector landlords seeking higher rents, the local government ombudsman has…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 15, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments
Mental illness and cancer sufferers forced to wait
Cancer patients and people with severe mental illness are going without essential medicines because of shortages that have cost the NHS £180 million in six months, The Times has learnt.
At least 100 drugs have been affected by supply problems, forcing health officials to approve temporary price rises of up to 4,000 per cent to boost stocks. The NHS is…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 7, 2017 at 10:45 — No Comments
Bed shortages prompting concern for patient safety even before onset of winter weather and anticipated major flu outbreak
Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 7, 2017 at 10:43 — No Comments
Party says ministers are trying to push through changes that could lead to greater privatisation and rationing of care
Labour is demanding that MPs be allowed to debate and vote on “secret” plans for the NHS that they claim could lead to greater rationing of care and privatisation of health services.
The party says ministers are trying to push…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 7, 2017 at 10:40 — No Comments
Campaigners warn 'hostile environment' could be preventing victims and witnesses of crime from coming forward
Police have admitted arresting a woman for immigration offences after she went to them to report being raped.
The unnamed woman, in her 20s, attended a police station in London to report being kidnapped and abused during time she spent in …Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 29, 2017 at 9:18 — No Comments
Women’s Aid says 39% of refuges will have to close in England under plans to remove supported housing from welfare system
More than 4,000 vulnerable women and children fleeing domestic abuse will be unable to access a refuge if government plans to remove guaranteed funding for the service go ahead, an emergency survey has found.
In a survey of refuge services in England by …Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 29, 2017 at 9:05 — No Comments
May agrees deal worth up to €50 billion
Britain will pay EU bills for decades after the government bowed to demands from Brussels to meet its long-term financial liabilities to the bloc.
Theresa May will make an improved offer next week in which she will promise to pay the costs of all existing EU projects and pensions signed off while Britain was a member.
The cost, likely to be between €40 billion and €50 billion in total,…Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 29, 2017 at 8:47 — No Comments
Philip Hammond will face a fight for his political life at this week’s budget after he was accused of being hopelessly out of touch for claiming there were “no unemployed people” in the UK.
The chancellor found himself at the centre of a damaging row over the gaffe as he prepares for a difficult budget on Wednesday at a time of worsening economic forecasts and uncertain …Continue
Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 22, 2017 at 15:07 — No Comments
The chairman of Theresa May’s policy board has left in an attempt to lead internal reform of the party, he said yesterday.
George Freeman, the Conservative MP for Mid Norfolk, said that he was quitting to focus on grassroots work. He called for Sir Patrick McLoughlin, the Tory chairman, to step down and said that “ambitious” internal reform was needed to help the government to reconnect with young voters after its “ill-conceived” election campaign.
Added by Joanne Beaumont on November 22, 2017 at 14:27 — No Comments